Life in Delaware County

Delaware Man Sentenced To 130 Months On Drug Charge

13 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Darnell Reeves, 34, of Delaware was sentenced in U.S. District Court last Friday to 130 months in prison for distributing heroin and cocaine laced with fentanyl that resulted in a series of overdoses.

According to court documents, investigators traced fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine back to Reeves (also known as Bookie), after they responded to the scene of an overdose death in Ostrander, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2018. The victim was found on a couch in a shed, slumped forward with a used syringe under him.

Further investigation tied Reeves’s trafficking activity to an overdose death on Jan. 22, 2018, a nonfatal overdose on Feb.12, 2018, and a fatal overdose on March 2, 2018.

Reeves was arrested in June 2018 on a federal criminal complaint and has remained in custody since. More…

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Liberty Township, Life in Delaware County

Liberty Road Intersection Closed For Roundabout Project

13 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

A Liberty Township intersection will be closed for the next month and a half to enable construction of a new roundabout.

According to the office of the Delaware County Engineer, the Liberty Road/Salisbury Drive roundabout will include north turn lanes at the intersection of Liberty Road and Libertydale Drive/St. Joan of Arc driveway. The project will connect the existing shared use path on Salisbury Drive to the sidewalks on Libertydale Drive.

The proposed Project improvements to Liberty Road will begin approximately 500 feet south of the intersection with Libertydale Drive to approximately 750 feet north of the intersection of Salisbury Drive. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Stephen Sharp House

12 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With a setting on important routes heading to Lake Erie and freedom from Columbus, and with its known abolitionist leanings, Delaware County was on an important location for the Underground Railroad.

Many travelling along that fabled route found themselves along what is now Africa Road, which ran between Westerville and Africa.

An Ohio historic marker recounts how the settlement and the road got their names: “Samuel Patterson arrived in East Orange in 1824 and, within a few years, began to hide runaway slaves in his home. He also invited anti-slavery speakers to the pulpit of the East Orange Methodist Church, which brought Patterson and his neighbors into conflict with the bishop. Following their consciences, they became the Wesleyan Methodists and built a new church. A pro-slavery neighbor mocked them by calling their community Africa, and so East Orange was renamed. The village has disappeared but several homes owned by Patterson and his neighbors still stand in this vicinity.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning September 12

11 Sep , 2021  

By: ODOT District6; 1808Delaware

ODOT District 6 has released its weekly report highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Delaware County and Franklin County.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on September 12 More…

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Delaware

A New Way To Follow Local Government

10 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As we shared several days ago, the City of Delaware has a brand-new website, one which has a series of new links and tools for citizens to access important information. That post can be read here.

One component of the new site is a dedicated video player to provide access to what the City is calling an “improved meeting management system.”

Public meeting webcasts are moving from Facebook Live to the new system, a feature of the recently updated website. Citizens and interested parties now have digital access to meeting agendas, live webcasting, video recording, and minutes in a central, searchable portal. More…

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Schools

Delaware County Schools Report A Doubling In COVID Infections

10 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As the 2021-2022 school year progresses, it is clear that the rise in COVID infections in non-school settings is also taking place in Delaware County’s educational facilities.

Numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday show that the number of reported infections in the county’s school districts and buildings more than doubled in the last seven days.

The footprint of that impact has also increased, with eight schools/buildings involved, versus six last week. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Seeks Comments On New Regional Complete Streets Policy

9 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is currently seeking public comment and review of the draft version of its 2021 update to the Regional Complete Streets Policy.

“Complete streets” are roadways designed, implemented, operated, and maintained in an equitable and context-sensitive manner so that people of all ages, incomes, and abilities can use them safely. These streets consider the needs of those who are: walking, bicycling, using shared mobility devices and assistive devices, using transit and riding school buses, driving, and operating commercial and emergency vehicles.

“As a region, we strive to support the development of a safe and sustainable transportation system that ensures accessibility for everyone using it,” MORPC Assistant Director of Planning & Sustainability Stephen Patchan said. “Through the Complete Streets Policy – which is guided by MORPC members – local communities incorporate design elements that accommodate all roadway users in any MORPC federally funded projects.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

National Corn Board Confirms Delaware Countian As Director

9 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Corn Board recently confirmed Kelly Harsh of Ohio as its newest director. Kelly grows corn and soybeans on her family operation in Delaware.

Kelly will serve a one-year term on the Corn Board, a position that opened up when Dennis McNinch resigned his seat to spend more time with his family and on his farm.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board, but the demands of the farm have forced me to focus my attention on it right now. I’ve served with Kelly and know she’ll be an outstanding addition to the board,” said McNinch. More…

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Delaware

Pedestrian Crossings Being Installed As Part Of Bike Path Network

8 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Those traveling along West Central Avenue near Lexington Avenue may well have seen some activity this week.

The City of Delaware has initiated the installation of pedestrian crossings at Lexington Boulevard and Chatham Lane. The work includes not only sidewalks, but curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons, traffic signal modifications, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons.

Work is expected to take several weeks to complete and should be finalized before the end of October. More…

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OWU

OWU Adds Job Experts in Academic Areas

8 Sep , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Career Connection center is expanding its “Career Communities” to include dedicated job experts this fall in seven academic areas.

The experts – known as “career catalysts” – work with students in the career communities of economics and business; education and communication; entrepreneurship; humanities and fine arts; pre-health; social impact (such as pre-law, psychology, and international studies); and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Targeted Assistance

“Within these career communities, students can engage with their specialized career catalyst, receive targeted job opportunities, participate in industry-specific events with alumni and employers, and have access to a wealth of career-specific resources,” said Leigh Mascolino, director of career development. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US Route 42

7 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It may not be the most exciting federal highway in the country, but it does have an important local connection.

We’re talking about US 42, the 350 mile highway that stretches from northeast to southwest across Ohio, and which they scurries westward along the Ohio River through Kentucky.

The history of US 42 began in 1927, the year when previously numbered highways across the country were joined together and renumbered to create the official federal highway system. Along the track of US 42 from Cleveland to Louisville, four previously existing roads were joined together. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Receive Award

7 Sep , 2021  

The Delaware County Historical Society was recently informed they will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) in the category of History Outreach – Public Programming.’

The selected program, titled “Cultural Communities of Delaware County: Early Settlers and American Indians 1770-1850”is an entertaining and educational experience, geared for both school-age and adult audiences. Featuring costumed reenactors and produced by members of the Society’s Curriculum Support Committee, the program consists of eleven vignettes which illustrate the interactions between the Lenni Lenape (Delaware People) and early pioneers who settled Delaware County.

A narrator introduces us to historical experiences of early settlers and American Indians which are depicted through multi-media presentations incorporating re-enactment, art, dance, and music. More…

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